Mayor and young mayors elected for Enfield

Enfield Council has elected Cllr Sabri Ozaydin as the Mayor of Enfield and Cllr Christine Hamilton as his deputy.

The pair were sworn in at Wednesday's Full Council meeting – the first time in Enfield's history that the Mayor Making has been done remotely. The Council's Cabinet was also confirmed with Cllr Nesil Caliskan and Cllr Ian Barnes continuing as the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council respectively. Enfield North – Cllr Ahmet Hasan, Cllr Katherine Chibah and Cllr Mustafa Cetinkaya were selected as Associate Cabinet Members (ACM) for Enfield North, Enfield West and Enfield South East respectively while Cllr Ergin Erbil was selected as a Non-Geographically based ACM.

Young people have also elected Kayhan Ali as the new Young Mayor and Nevaeh West-Lawson as the Deputy Young Mayor to help the Council achieve its ambitions to work more closely with young people and help deliver a lifetime of opportunities in the borough. The two 16 year olds will represent the interests of Enfield's young people to the Mayor and councillors, local residents and public services. The Young Mayor and Deputy were drawn from the Enfield Youth Parliament and have been elected for one year to represent the views of young people and encourage them to create opportunities around issues that matter to them and their communities.

Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: "I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to build a fairer Enfield and help the borough continue its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am also delighted we have two passionate, intelligent and dedicated young people who have been elected to represent the views of the younger generation in Enfield. "We want to encourage young people to become involved in the democratic process and help us to make Enfield a better place for everyone.

"This initiative is about making sure young people have a voice and are at the heart of what we do at the council to drive positive change for our borough and I wish them every success in their endeavour." Cllr Caliskan also paid tribute to the outgoing mayor, Cllr Kate Anolue, stating: "Thank you on behalf of the Council for showing leadership during this difficult period of COVID-19. I have never known you to be rattled and your 'keep calm and carry on' attitude always comes through. "This has certainly been the case over the last few weeks and we have all been grateful for your video updates during the lockdown period."

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